This Date in Caps History - February 15
On February 15, 1976, the Capitals recorded their sixth win of the season, an 8-5 triumph over the Detroit Red Wings at the Capital Centre.
Yvon Labre got the Capitals on the board first with a goal at 4:07 of the first period. Harvey Bennett and Gerry Meehan picked up the assists on Labre's goal. Detroit knotted the score at 1-1 on Nick Libett's goal at 16:25 of the first. Washington fired 10 shots at Detroit netminder Eddie Giacomin while the Wings responded with 11 against Capitals goaltender Ron Low.
Washington grabbed a 2-1 lead at 3:22 of the second frame when Jean Lemieux scored a 4-on-4 goal with help from Ron Lalonde and Ace Bailey. Just over a minute after Lemieux's goal, the two clubs were playing with three skaters a side when Detroit's Bill Hogaboam scored to tie the game again. The Wings took a 3-2 lead on Bill Lochead's goal at 10:13. The see-sawing continued at 11:54 of the second when Meehan scored his first Capital Centre goal to tie the game at 3-3. Bennett and Jack Lynch gained helpers on the Meehan tally. Detroit's Dan Maloney gave the Wings the lead again at 16:02 when he beat Low. The Wings outshot the Caps 9-7 in the second period.
Lemieux netted his second of the game on a power play at 3:01 of the third to draw Washington even at 4-4. Hartland Monahan and Bailey were credited with the assists on the second Lemieux goal. Lemieux became just then second Washington defenseman to score two goals in a game.
Just eight seconds after the Caps tied the game, they took the lead on Nelson Pyatt's 22nd goal of the season. Mike Lampman picked up the lone assist on Pyatt's goal, which tied Tommy Williams' team record for goals in a season. The Lemieux and Pyatt goals were also the fastest two goals in Caps franchise history.
At 7:38 of the final period, Bennett put the Caps up by two at 6-4. He was helped by Lemieux and Bob Paradise. When Ron Lalonde scored on a Bob Sirois setup at 14:06 of the third, it appeared that the Caps had matters well in hand. But Detroit's J.P. LeBlanc scored at 15:03 to pull the Wings within two with just under five minutes remaining. With 42 seconds remaining. Meehan removed all doubt when he took a Blair Stewart feed and deposited the puck into the vacant Detroit net. Detroit outshot the Caps 14-11 in the third period and 34-28 on the evening.